K. Trevor Wilson is funny. Very funny. Hot on the heels of his JUNO Award-nominated comedy album Sorry! (A Canadian Album) comes Wilson’s first Netflix special. (His other television special, Bigger In Person, is on Crave.) The Humber Comedy grad joins a series cast of standups from across the globe, proving humour really is a global language.
Watch if you liked: Nick Offerman’s American Ham.
This CBC procedural follows a recently widowed coroner as she navigates office politics and family tensions. This drama is female-led—on both sides of the camera—and features the writing talents of three graduates of the Television Writing and Producing program: Noelle Carbone, Marsha Greene, and Nathalie Younglai. Acting for Film and Television grad Lovell Adams-Gray co-stars as up-and-coming pathologist Dr. Dwayne Allen.
Watch if you liked: Crossing Jordan or Rizzoli & Isles.
This quirky coming-of-age story stars Acting for Film and Television grad Michelle McLeod as misfit Geena Davis-admirer and inspiring cheerleader Irene. When Irene must spend a school suspension doing community service at a retirement home, she forms a dance troupe with the residents. Co-stars Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson and Bruce Gray.
Watch if you liked: Dumplin’.
Grey’s Anatomy needs no introduction. The Shonda Rhimes-juggernaut, now in its fifteenth season, stars Theatre Arts – Performance grad Giacomo Gianniotti as Dr. Andrew DeLuca. Gianniotti first appeared in the second-last episode of season 11 and was promoted to series regular part way through season 12. Seasons one to 14 are available on Netflix.
Watch if you liked: ER, Chicago Med, or other Shondaland series such as How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal.
A cult classic in the making, Letterkenny started as the web series Letterkenny Problems before making the jump to streaming television in 2016. It chronicles the witty-bantering exploits of citizens in a small rural Ontario town, and co-stars K. Trevor Wilson as Squirrely Dan as the feminist sidekick to farmer/“toughest guy in Letterkenny” Wayne. Television Writing and Producing graduate Kara Haflidson produces.
Watch if you liked: Trailer Park Boys.
Who doesn’t love a redemption story? Especially a boxing redemption story? Newfoundland-set Little Dog provides just that in comedy-drama form. It follows a prize fighter attempting a comeback. Catch Acting for Film and Television grad Dwain Murphy as ring rival Rico St. George in season one. Television Writing and Producing alumna Molly McGlynndirected episodes five and six in season one and has two more episodes slated for this season.
Watch if you liked: Eastbound and Down or Republic of Doyle.
If you’d rather cheer for journalists than boxers, Shoot the Messenger is for you. It chronicles a young journalist working on a story that could ultimately bring down a government. Acting for Film and Television alumna Shadia Ali stars as Xannan Suleman, the sister of a murder victim at the art of the journalists investigation, and Humber Comedy grad Laura Cilevitz stars as Nina Broadstone. Bonus: John Bourgeois as Chief Ken Thomson. CBC Gem
Nathan Fielder directed two episodes of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America?, but he’s best known for the Comedy Central series that bears his name. Nathan for You follows the comedian as he helps to turn around failing businesses. Awkwardness and hilarity ensues.
Watch if you liked: Nirvanna the Band the Show or Dog Bites Man.
If you find the speculative more appealing than the absurd, Star Trek: Discovery is for you. The action takes place on the USS Discovery ten years before Captain Kirk lead his first mission aboard the Enterprise. Theatre Arts – Performance alumna Oyin Oladejo appears as Joann Owosekun, and AFTV alumnus Dwain Murphy has a two-episode guest arc in season one as Captain Maddox.
Watch if you liked: Any other Star Trek series or movie.
Before the Internet, there was the 70s and the 1970s version of YouTube: local public-access television. Terrific Womenparodies the idiosyncrasies of these shows and the politics of the era. Humber Comedy grad Sara Hennessey co-created, co-wrote, and co-stars as one of the show’s two boozy, second-wave feminist hosts.
Watch if you liked: Broad City or Inside Amy Schumer